Roku 3 review: our favorite media streamer, and the simplest to use, too
The Roku 3 keeps everything that's made the brand successful and ushers in some welcome improvements, all without boosting the price or ruining the simple setup.
- New UI is a welcome improvement
- Upgraded CPU eliminates performance issues
- Simple, capable and relatively cheap
- Still no official YouTube or DLNA support
- No analog AV output
Roku's media streamers have carved out a notable niche for themselves, with what started out as a Netflix box, but quickly grew to include hundreds of other entertainment options. Whatever they've lacked in style, they've always made up for with an easy-to-navigate menu and remote, not to mention low prices. In fact, they've become our default recommendation in the media streamer category, and now the company is back with its third iteration. Its approach hasn't changed: the Roku 3 is still a simple $99 box that brings internet content including video, some simple apps and even games to your TV. But this one is touted as the most powerful Roku ever, and the team behind it has even dared to tweak that boring, but simple menu system. There have always been some rough edges that needed polishing, along with holes in its offerings -- join us to see if it's good enough to be the best.
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